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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

July 31st, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


San Francisco Dons

Overall Rank: #104

Conference Rank: #3 WCC


2005-06: 11-17, 7-7, 4th

2005-06 postseason: none


San Francisco has tons of talent, but they need to put it together to finally go over .500 in conference.  With a couple of big name transfers eligible, and Johnny Dukes back from injury, this could be the year the Dons make some noise in the West Coast Conference.


Who’s Out: Jerome Gumbs, Jason Wallace-Carter and Dommanic Ingerson all started at least 16 games last year as seniors.  Gumbs averaged 10.8 points and 5.5 boards, big man Wallace-Carter tacked on 8.5 points and 6.2 boards and Ingerson added 7.9 points per contest.  Drew Shiller saw decent minutes as a freshman but opted to transfer to Stanford.


Who’s In: Antonio Kellogg and Manny Quezada will step in immediately and make a big impact.  Kellogg averaged 3.2 points and 2.2 assists for UConn two years ago and can handle both guard spots.  Quezada, another combo guard, averaged 2.8 points for Rutgers in 2004-2005.  With those two, depth at the guard spots won’t be an issue.  Dukes, a 6-8 forward, will help out the frontcourt after missing last season.  He averaged 5.6 points as a junior and should find his way back to the starting lineup.  Incoming freshmen Jay Watkins and Jared Casey will provide some depth up front.  Watkins is a versatile 6-7 forward, who had some interest from power conference teams.  Casey, at 6-10, 235 pounds, is another big body under the basket.  The Canadian is a great athlete, having played soccer, baseball and hockey.  That versatility will help him battle under the basket and step outside to make the short jumpers.


Who to Watch: The problem is in the frontcourt.  Dukes and returning starter Danny Cavic are ideally small forwards, but one will likely slide up to the power forward spot.  Alan Wiggins, Jr. is an athletic power forward who averaged 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds last year and will anchor the group in the paint.  Vince Polakovic and Jesse Byrd, along with Casey and Watkins, will provide the depth up front. 


Final Projection: Armondo Surratt has proven to be a solid point guard after transferring in from Miami.  The 6-0, Oakland, California native led the team with 14.2 points and 5.1 assists last season.  Despite leading the team in scoring, Surratt is a pure point guard.  With a few more scorers on the team, Surratt can go back to doing what he does best. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Armondo Surratt, Senior, Guard, 14.2 points per game

Antonio Kellogg, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Danny Cavic, Junior, Guard, 5.4 points per game

Johnny Dukes, Senior, Forward, DNP last season

Alan Wiggins, Senior, Forward, 14.1 points per game

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